“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:1-2
THE BIBLE SAYS…
“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”
“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”
“Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.”
“And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”
1 TIMOTHY 4:1
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;”
“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,”
WE KNOW THE BIBLE WARNS ABOUT FALLING AWAY FROM THE FAITH: These warnings would not have been given were it not possible to fall away from the faith.
“Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.” 1 Timothy 1:19-20
WE BELIEVE FAITH IS A REQUIREMENT IN SALVATION: We are secure in Christ so long as we persist in faith.
“For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;” Hebrews 3:14
WE UNDERSTAND THAT GOD IS WORKING IN US TO ACCOMPLISH HIS WILL: We are called to cooperate with Him.
“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12-13
WE RECOGNIZE THAT WE MUST REMAIN IN CHRIST TO BE FRUITFUL: The result of being unfruitful is to be separated from Him.
“If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.” John 15:6
WE KNOW THAT A GLORIOUS FUTURE IN HEAVEN IS WAITING FOR US: What Heaven will actually entail is beyond our limited knowledge, but we eagerly look forward to it.
“Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” 1 Peter 1:5
WE BELIEVE OUR SALVATION WILL BE FULFILLED IN HEAVEN: It will be completed when we are together with Him in our glorious new home.
“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.” Romans 13:11
WE KNOW IT IS POSSIBLE TO BE SEVERED FROM CHRIST: This occurs if one exchanges the truth for a lie.
“Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.” Galatians 5:4
WE ARE ETERNALLY SECURE IN OUR SALVATION AS WE PERSIST IN FAITH: Our salvation cannot be lost unless we abandon our faith in Jesus, and turn away from the true Gospel.
“And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62